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+ - Universal filesystem for removable drives

Submitted by Cap'n Crax
Cap'n Crax writes: As external USB and FireWire hard drives are becoming more and more common, I often wonder how I can use one for native read and write access between Win, Mac, and Linux systems. As far as I have been able to research, Windows can read and write NTFS and FAT32, but cannot handle HFS or HFS+ systems, nor any Linux EXT systems. Mac can read and write HFS and HFS+ of course, but only read NTFS. Linux it seems has good read support, but dodgy write support for both. All systems, it seems, have good support for FAT32, but it has major limits, expecially the 4GB file size limit.

Is there any modern filesystem that all major OS's today can effectively use on external drives, especially for large files? Is anyone even working on this?

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